Larry Wayne Canter

November 27, 1936November 22, 2016

Larry Wayne Canter was born on November 27, 1936 in Lindale, Georgia to Clyde and Florence Canter. He and his younger brother Walter, nicknamed “Preacher,” enjoyed most of their childhood in Piedmont, AL where he loved to fish and frog hunt.

Larry loved sports from a young age and played football at Piedmont High School. He played center and he was captain of the football team his senior year. A highlight of his career was when he once blocked a kick and ran it in for a touchdown, something he never let his teammates forget.

Piedmont is where he met his wife Ann Hilburn. Larry chased Ann for a good while until she finally agreed to date him, and they married in 1959. They were married for 15 months when he was drafted into the Army. He was discharged as a Sergeant in June 1962, just missing being sent to Vietnam.

The Canters moved to Huntsville in 1962 where he was a manager for Winn-Dixie. They adopted their first child, Gregory Scott, in 1965 and lived a quiet life until 1970 when they adopted Stacy Lynn and had Shaun Wayne in 1971. Being a life-long sports lover, he enjoyed coaching Greg’s football and Shaun’s tee-ball teams, and just generally sharing his love of sports with his children.

Everyone knows that Larry was also a life-long University of Alabama sports fan and a big fan of Bear Bryant. He also was an Atlanta Braves fan and enjoyed attending their games. He enjoyed collecting baseball caps, and he especially enjoyed putting together jigsaw puzzles. He loved working on cars and doing all sorts of work on the yard and house, and did so no matter how hot or cold it was outside. He loved children in general, and enjoyed playing with his grandkids as well as the many children that “Miss” Ann kept over the years.

Larry passed away suddenly on Tuesday November 22, just five days shy of his 80th birthday. More importantly, he missed the 2016 Iron Bowl by just four days. He is preceded in death by his son Gregory Scott and his granddaughter Erin Alyssa. He is survived by his wife Ann, his son Shaun (Nicole), his daughter Stacy, and grandchildren Nicholas Allison and Brittany Allison Clark.

You may visit with the family on Monday, November 28, 2016 from 11am to 1pm at Valhalla Funeral Home. Funeral services will commence at 1pm. Interment will immediately follow in Valhalla Memory Gardens. Please sign his guest registry at


  • Visitation Monday, November 28, 2016
  • Funeral Service Monday, November 28, 2016

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Stacy Allison

December 3, 2016

Daddy, you will be missed dearly. Thank you for being my daddy and for teaching me a lot growing up and also how to work on a car. That has come in handy for sure. I love you daddy. Until we are together again I keep you close to my heart.

November 30, 2016

I am so sorry for your great loss. May the God who "binds up the brokenhearted" and "comforts all who mourn" sustain your family during this challenging time. (Isaiah 61:1,2) With heartfelt sympathy.


November 28, 2016

As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.

Elizabeth McCutcheon/Kellett

November 27, 2016

Ann, I am sorry about the death of Larry. You both were good neighbors that were very helpful to me when I lived next door to you on Jean Road. May God Bless and keep you in His care. With Love, Elizabeth McCutcheon


November 26, 2016


Michael and Michelle Polk

November 26, 2016

We are so sorry for the loss of your father Shaun. We just wanted you to know our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. If you need anything pleased let us know. Love you!

November 25, 2016

MAY God's loving kindness comfort you and help you through this sad time PSALMS 29:11

Prudence Hilburn

November 25, 2016

Ann, My heart is so sad. Please know that if I were able, I would be there with you and the family during this time of sorrow. You are in my prayers. God is always near and I pray that you will feel His loving arms around you.



November 24, 2016

I an sorry for your loss. You will continue to be comforted by those who love you. God cares about you personally. He is close to those who are broken hearted and crushed in spirit. This will help you in your bereavement.